Presenter Rory Jennings has torn into Chelsea’s recruitment strategy under Todd Boehly since the American bought the club back in May.
The Lowdown: Mixed success in transfer market as rumours swirl
Chelsea signed a number of players in the last summer’s transfer window, when they signed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling and Wesley Fofana under former manager Thomas Tuchel. In total, the Blues spent a whopping £202.6m on transfers.
However, their Premier League campaign has been poor so far, and Graham Potter’s side are 10th in the league with West London rivals Fulham and Brentford both above them. Their quest for a top-four finish is in serious doubt as they sit 10 points adrift of fourth place.
And perhaps in reaction to this, the Stamford Bridge outfit have been linked with a raft of new arrivals in the January window. Indeed, they have already brought in Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana for a combined €62.5m (£55m), while they have recently been linked with the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez.
The Latest: Jennings ‘troubled’ by club’s approach to recruitment
Speaking on the Saturday Social, Jennings admitted he was ‘troubled’ by Boehly’s approach to signing players and labelled the consortium as ‘problematic’.
He stated: “The recruitment is something that I am troubled by, because I think that Chelsea’s approach over recent times, this new era – this Todd Boehly-Clearlake consortium – has been problematic. The word that I’m going to use is ‘scattergun’. I don’t feel like there is an overarching strategy to the way that Chelsea approach transfers. Have we genuinely been monitoring Enzo Fernandez for the past 18 months?
“Of course we haven’t. We have simply seen, at the World Cup, that a geezer has played really well and we’ve gone, ‘d’you know what, he’s good, let’s sign him’.
“It’s just an incredibly foolish way of doing transfers. Effectively, I could do that. I went to the World Cup, I went to two Argentina games and I saw Enzo Fernandez play, and I could tell you that he was good.”
The Verdict: Chelsea need to spend smarter, not harder
Having lots of money to spend on players is all well and good, but you need someone who is going to be able to buy the right players for the club.
Potter has the potential to do well at Chelsea, as he’s proven that he could be on the cusp of being a great manager. Last season, he was able to achieve a top-half finish with Brighton & Hove Albion – a club that doesn’t spend great amounts on players.
In the January transfer window, he needs to be able to get the players he wants so he can shape his vision of Chelsea. Supposedly the Blues board are willing to give him time – and the players – but if he’s not backed with an intelligent transfer strategy, it could all go up in flames.